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Galaxy S6

 

We can't deny that Samsung has greatly improved the build quality of its products lately. According to Bloomberg, Samsung plans to focus on launching more Smartphones with high-quality metal chases, slim designs and High-definition displays this year.

 

According to Kwon Oh Hyun, who leads the components business, Samsung will also focus on smart home and health devices, as well as business-to-business market.

 

"Samsung Electronics aims to consolidate its leadership in the premium market and plans to newly change the smartphone line-up to strengthen competitiveness," - said Co-CEO JK Shin, Mobile phone business head.

 

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We have brand new leaked images of the Galaxy S8+ for you today, which clearly highlight how tall the S8+ is with its 6.2-inch display set at a new 18:9 aspect ratio. We also get to see the back, the front and even the camera viewfinder. It even has an image which shows the S8+ in comparison to the LG V20.

Since we have already seen the bezel less display and the rest of the smartphone hardware quite a few times before, the most important details revealed via this leak are the software details. The camera viewfinder is the highlight here as it shows two distinctive changes apart from the regular viewfinder lay out. We can see a teddy bear icon on the bottom right and the "eye" at the lower left side. While the eye could have something to do with light detection and the AI assistant Bixby, the purpose of the bear icon is somewhat puzzling! Nevertheless, we will know everything in just two more days on March 29, at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Another detail which the photos might be indicating is that the power button can be double tapped to activate the camera.




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One of the biggest gripes with sharing photos via messaging services had always been the limitations which these apps automatically put on the shared images. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and almost all messaging apps usually compress high resolution photos which causes them to lose significant quality. That is no longer the situation with Facebook Messenger because the new updated app can now support images with resolutions of up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels, which is about the size of photos shot with a 16.8-megapixel camera. As most modern smartphone cameras shoot at near or below that resolution, it's safe to assume that smartphone photo sharing will now become lossless (mostly).


Facebook decided to up their previous 2-megapixel limit on the messenger app in light of the 17 billion photos which are being shared each month on the app. We would say that it's about time too because 2-megapixel was a seriously low limit for smartphone cameras today! Let us know if you like this move by Facebook, we sure did.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The LG V20 is indeed coming and it is coming on September 6, when the successor to the LG V10 will be unveiled at an event in San Francisco. This is official news and not a leak as LG Mobiles confirmed these facts on their own just recently. Additionally, we now have some high quality renders, leaked by @OnLeaks that shows us the LG V20 in vivid details.



Apart from the most obviously striking dual camera bump at the back of the V20, we can also see that they may have done away with the dual front camera setup at the front, as is found on the V10. There's also the secondary display on top of the main display and the volume buttons have been shifted to the left of the smartphone. The power button on its back will also act as the fingerprint sensor and the modular, removable bottom seen in the G5 is going to be there in the V20 as well. Keep in mind that there is a bit of controversy regarding whether the modular bottom will really be there or not in the V20, but if this render is accurate, then the module release button at the right does confirm it.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


LG QHD IPS LCD HT

 

LG announced that its upcoming flagship LG G4 is launching on April,28th.

 

Today, The Korean company has showed us a 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel that will be included inside the upcoming flagship. LG has also announced that they achieved a "quantum jump" in color gamut and brightness with this new panel that also consumes less power, is incredibly thin, and shows improved touch function.

 

The display, at a QHD resolution of 2560×1440 carries a pixel density of 538ppi. The new panel also adds Advanced In-Cell Touch that allows it to react to touches, even with water on it. Finally, it should show even more accurate colors over last year's QHD panel with a 120% color gamut, 50% increase in contrast, and 30% bump in brightness.

 

 



Lenovo has just unleashed a brand new series, which will replace the Moto X series of smartphones, starting from 2016. Both the phones in the new Z-series will come with top tier specs like a SD 820 CPU, a 5.5-inch QHD panel, 4GB of RAM and even the choice for 32GB/64GB in-built storage (along with expandable SD card slots). The regular Moto Z will sport a 13-megapixel rear sensor with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and a dual tone LED flash for pitch dark conditions. On the front, there's the 5-megapixel snapper with a dedicated selfie-flash and a wide angle lens for group selfies. All this will be powered by the Quick charging 2,600mAh battery inside the Z.


The Moto Z Force has the bigger 3,500mAh battery and a shatterproof glass on the front. Lenovo calls the glass "ShatterShield" and they are confident that it cannot be broken by even the roughest of falls. The thicker and more premium device also features a higher resolution 21-megapixel sensor with phase detection laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.8 for low-light photography. In spite of the flagship specs, what we did not like is the missing headphone jack that we have grown accustomed to. Although an USB Type-C to headphone adapter is included in the box, it means that you cannot simultaneously use the Type-C port for charging or data syncing, while listening to the headphones.



In addition to the missing 3.5mm jack, the two Moto phones also bring something else that the market is just getting accustomed to. Both phones have 16 magnetic dots at the lower-back area and they are equipped to connect with the "Moto Mods." Similar to what we saw with the LG G5 modular phone that was released earlier this year, the Moto Mods are modular accessories created specifically for the Moto Z smartphones to enhance the device's already impressive capabilities. There's the InstaShare Projector mod and some stylish case mods, but we found the JBL Soundboost mod to be the most impressive with its twin 3W speakers and a 1,000 mAh battery to boost the phone's usage time.



As is evident, the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force has a LOT to offer, but you will have to wait till September to get your hands on one, if you are outside the US. Verizon in the US however, will release their "Droid Editions" sooner.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Android Lollipop

 

Samsung is working hard on bringing updates to all its devices, both High-end and Mid-range handsets. The Korean giant released many Lollipop 5.0 Updates and working on the Android 5.1 Lollipop updates for some devices, Here's the progress so far...

 

Android 5.1 Lollipop Progress

 

Galaxy S6 5.1.1

 

Samsung is confirmed to be developing Firmwares based on Android build 5.1.1 Lollipop for various devices such as Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Grand Prime, Mega 2 .

 

So far, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 5.1.1 Lollipop firmwares are out of Testing and ready to start rolling-out by Next month (June, 2015). Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Firmwares still In-development and expected in the next 3 months if everything went smooth.

 

Galaxy S6 5.1.1

 

Samsung hasn't confirmed any plans to update the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S4 to 5.1.1 yet, but it's highly expected that both of those device will get the new build in the upcoming months, we can't put timeframe for any undergoing development.

 

Mid-range Updates Progress

 

Grand Prime

 

As for the Mid-range devices (such as Mega 2) their Lollipop 5.1.1 firmwares has just hit the "In-development" status, while the Grand Prime Lollipop update is ready and should start rolling-out very soon, the Android 5.1.1 update will bring lots of performance improvements including a fix for the Memory leak bug that affects the device's performance on a long run, (Screenshot below of Gran Prime runnig Lollipop 5.0.2).

 

Grand Prime Lollipop

 

So far, Only the Grand Prime and Mega 2 are confirmed to get this new build, no information regarding other mid-range devices yet. Note that Samsung may release 5.0.2 update for those devices first (as the are still running 4.4) followed by 5.1.1 update later.

 

Keep track of all upcoming Follow the Samsung official Lollipop updates page.


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